This week I learnt a term that I had never heard before, ‘global citizens’. It is due to the internet that we have seen the rise of the global citizen. So what is a global citizen and how are they useful?
I’ve learnt that a “global citizen is someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices” (Israel, 2012). Being a global citizen means that voices and actions can be united. This can in turn give the world the opportunity to be heard, and to make change. If people join forces online in the form of a mass group, government bodies and organisations are forced to listen. The Global Poverty Project provides an example of what global citizens can achieve, outlined in my Prezi below:
If students are taught the importance of becoming a global citizen they can understand that its possible to have a multifaceted identity despite race, class, religion or gender. Humanity today faces cross border challenges that can benefit from global citizens banning together, Duckworth (2011). The possibility of what can be achieved when united may well be endless. This is something that I will promote in my future classroom.
Duckworth, C. (2011). Why We Need Global Citizens. Retrieved from http://www.peacexpeace.org/2011/07/why-we-need-global-citizens/
Isreal, R. (2012). What Does It Mean To Be A Global Citizen. Kosmos. Retrieved from http://www.kosmosjournal.org/article/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-global-citizen/